(out of 5)
Delightful comedy continues the adventures of E.B. White’s adorable little mouse (voiced by Michael J. Fox) who has been adopted by the Little family. In this instalment, Stuart finds himself at odds with his overprotective mother (Geena Davis), who wants her son to enjoy his life but can’t see fit to allow him too much freedom in a world that is so dangerous for someone so small. She’s not given much of a choice when Stuart falls in love with a hot little chickadee (voiced adorably by Melanie Griffith) and leaves home to rescue her from an evil falcon (James Woods). The family antics in this chapter are more charming than in the first film, and unlike the original’s disappointing third act that became a silly chase film, this one actually improves in its climax when Stuart has a magnificently animated face-off with the evil villain. Nathan Lane once again returns as the spoiled housecat Snowbell, and Hugh Laurie and Jonathan Lipnicki reprise their roles as Stuart’s father and brother.
Directed by Rob Minkoff
Cinematography by Steven Poster
Music by Alan Silvestri
Production Design by Bill Brzeski
Costume Design by Mona May
Film Editing by Priscilla Nedd-Friendly